The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t
Plot: As a family sits down for Thanksgiving dinner, a father squirrel tells his son about their ancestor, Jeremy Squirrel, and how he saved the first Thanksgiving.
Breakdown: I have never seen this special before today. There’s also not much information online about it.
Not surprised, really. It’s a nice little special courtesy of good ol’ Hanna-Barbera, but it’s dreadfully boring.
The story is actually pretty accurate to the history of the first Thanksgiving, surprisingly, (Barring practically everything they’re serving) with the twist that the first Thanksgiving nearly didn’t happen because two dumbass kids, a Native American boy and a pilgrim boy, ran off in the middle of the night to play and got lost. Jeremy Squirrel not only reunited them with their families, but he also saved them from a wolf and saved Thanksgiving.
In that order.
I say ‘in that order’ because he did indeed reunite them with their parents before the wolf incident…and their families/the settlers/natives were 100% useless in attempting to save them. The pilgrim boy’s father had a gun and was going to shoot the wolf, but the Native American dad was all ‘Don’t! You might hit the boys!’
Which I immediately followed up with ‘So let’s just stand here like idiots doing nothing while our sons are eaten alive by a wolf?’ Because that’s what they did. They stood there, probably planning out their sons funerals in their minds, while a squirrel, a goddamn squirrel, had to come up with and singlehandedly instigate a plan to save them.
No ‘Hey, what if I approach the wolf from the side, taking the boys entirely out of my line of fire and saving them from certain death?’ Just ‘Herpa derp RIP boys.’
And….that’s about it. The characters aren’t engaging, the story’s not interesting, and it’s animated by Hanna-Barbera, in the 70s no less, so there’s nothing great there. The music was kinda good, but got grating really quickly.
Since that was such a bust, I thought I’d give everyone a treat and review a second Thanksgiving special. Yup. This Thanksgiving….y’all are getting second helpings.
……I’m so sorry for that terrible joke.
A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving
Plot: Rabbit tries to plan a perfect Thanksgiving for everyone in the Hundred Acre Wood.
Breakdown: Would you hate me if I said I didn’t have much to say about this one, either?
I don’t even have a small point of ranting. There’s just not much to talk about.
I like Winnie the Pooh as much as the next person, but I was expecting this special to be predictable and kinda boring and that’s what it was. I got a few smiles out of it, and the songs were kinda nice, but that’s pretty much it.
Something hit me while watching this special, though. Thanksgiving specials tend to tell the same story over and over. Something goes awry with the dinner, everyone thinks its ruined, and then they come together with some simple feast and enjoy the holiday because Thanksgiving isn’t about food – it’s about family and friends and being thankful for what you have.
In a lot of ways, Christmas specials have a similar issues. They frequently parrot the ‘It’s not about presents, it’s about family and friends and giving’ moral, but the thing is that Christmas has enough mythos and potential to have a bunch of wildly varying stories come from it. Thanksgiving just…doesn’t.
Even though I now know my options for future specials are more than I thought I had (Wiki was a big help) I have a hard time remembering or getting excited for any of these. I’m not saying they’re all bad, but outside of a few ‘I watch this all the time at Thanksgiving because it’s tradition’ specials, how many Thanksgiving specials really stick with you?
Maybe the Friends specials, because they tended to make those their own thing, but I don’t even really remember much of those outside of Monica having a turkey on her head and that one time they played football together.
I don’t mean to be a Thanksgiving Grinch, I guess you’d say, but it’s true. The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special is trending on Twitter right now, and that reminded me that, oh yeah, there’s a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special.
Maybe I’ll find some hidden Thanksgiving gems next year, but this one was kinda lackluster.
Whether you’re in America or anywhere else, I hope you have a very nice holiday/weekend. I am eternally thankful for everyone who manages to tolerate my incoherent babble on this quaint little blog, and each new view, like and comment brings a bit more brightness into my day. You guys are the absolute best, and I can’t begin to thank you enough.
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